On 7 April 2020, the President of the Republic approved the act on the temporary arrangement of the entrepreneurs' right to unemployment security. The objective of the act, which will enter into force on Wednesday 8 April 2020, is to secure the entrepreneurs' livelihood in this difficult situation.
You can receive the benefit from the date that the benefit criteria are met and you have registered as a jobseeker at the TE Office. Labour market subsidy can be paid from 16 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. When the criteria are met, the right to labour market subsidy is also retroactive from 16 March 2020, even if the job search hasn’t been active, if you register before 15 April 2020.
The fastest and easiest way to register as a jobseeker is to use the TE Services' E-Services online service. You will receive a notification after a successful registration and the TE Office will contact you if necessary. After this, apply for labour market subsidy in Kela's online service.
E--services, personal customers (in Finnish)
Due to the rapid preparation of the amendment and its fixed-term entry into force, it has not been possible to edit the TE Services' online service to meet the changed requirements. For this reason, the registration form still includes questions that you must answer in the same way as those who are registering for some other reason.
After you have submitted your registration, you will receive a notification which will provide you with instructions on how to proceed in your situation. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
In order to receive the benefit, a person registered as a jobseeker during the fixed-term amendment to the Unemployment Security Act must be a jobseeker at the TE Office but full-time employment is not required during this period.
However, if the job search continues after the fixed-term act ending on 30 June 2020, full-time employment must be applied for as of 1 July 2020 in order to continue receiving the benefit. In this case, receiving the benefit also requires an obligation to accept the offer if the TE Office offers you a job.
Although the Unemployment Security Act does not require you to apply for full-time employment when registering as a jobseeker, by answering 'Yes' in the corresponding question you can speed up the processing of your unemployment benefit application. In this way, no automatic statement will be submitted to the party paying the unemployment benefit that would indicate that you do not have the prerequisites for the subsidy. TE Offices monitor the information in the online service and correct the information to comply with the valid Unemployment Security Act on a fixed-term basis.
Registering as a jobseeker in E-services step by step (pdf, in Finnish)